COVID-19 UPDATE
5-19-2020
I n an effort to keep Delaware's medical community current on the latest information regarding the coronavirus crisis, the Medical Society of Delaware is sharing the following:
Elective Surgeries Given Green Light

According to the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH), starting tomorrow, Wednesday, May 20th, all licensed health care facilities and health care providers may resume Tier 2 elective and non-urgent medical procedures and appointments as recommended by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and CMS Tier 1 procedures as prioritized by the health care facility as long as all of the required measures are in place.
Restaurants, Retail Businesses Expanded Operations Starting Tomorrow

Governor John Carney has announced additional steps allowing retail establishments and restaurants to expand operation. Under interim steps, all retail establishments in Delaware may operate by appointment only beginning tomorrow. Delaware retailers and restaurants are scheduled to open their indoor spaces at 30 percent of stated fire capacity during Phase 1 of Delaware’s economic reopening, beginning June 1st

Restaurants, bars, taprooms, and craft breweries may also apply to expand outdoor seating capacity to safely serve additional customers when the businesses reopen next month. Applications to expand outdoor seating capacity will be available this Friday, and expansions would be authorized to begin on June 1st. Read more.
DPH Announces 168 New Positive Cases / Seven Additional Deaths

According to the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH)  168 new Delawareans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, taking the total number of lab-confirmed cases to  8,037, including  236 who are hospitalized,  40 of whom are critically ill.

Three hundred four individuals have died due to COVID-19 in Delaware with ages ranging from 21 to 103 years old. A total of 135 individuals were from New Castle County, 53 were from Kent County, 115 were from Sussex County, and one individual’s county of residence is unknown at this time. 

The most recent deaths ranged in age from 38 to 94. Five were New Castle County residents, one was a Kent County resident, and one was a Sussex County resident. Six of the individuals had underlying health conditions and five of the individuals were residents of long-term care facilities.

Latest statistics on positive cases:

  • New Castle County cases: 2,845
  • Kent County cases: 1,238
  • Sussex County cases: 3,904
  • Unknown County: 50
  • Age range: 0 to 103:

Governor Speaks to Reporters about Forward Momentum of Opening State

Governor John Carney, Director of the Division of Public Health Karyl Rattay, MD, Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan, and Director of the Division of Small Business Damian DeStefano answered questions posed by members of the media on the most recent steps being take to reopen Delaware. Watch press briefing.
What You Need to Know about Going to the Beach this Weekend

Starting Friday, Delawareans will be able to resume regular beach activities at Delaware State Park beaches, but with some conditions:

  • At least 6-foot distance will be required on beaches for those from different households, and groups of visitors from the same household may be no larger than 10.
  • Masks or face coverings are encouraged to be worn on beaches.
  • Masks must be worn on the Rehoboth Boardwalk.
  • Cape Henlopen, Delaware Seashore, and Fenwick Island state parks will have capacity limits – between 50 and 70% of parking spaces – that will be enforced at entrances and with closure of parking spaces.
  • Visitors must bring face coverings with them, such as masks or bandanas, when entering state parks. Within state parks, face coverings must be worn in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as in bathhouses, park offices, concession buildings, boat docks, and trails and paths where others are present.
  • Beach-area bathrooms and bathhouses will open May 22. Most bathrooms in other state parks around the state will also open.

MSD Working for You!

We receive many calls and emails a week asking us to help physicians and their practices navigate the complicated world of insurance. The Medical Society of Delaware continues to advocate with the American Medical Association (AMA), Health & Human Services (HHS) and our federally elected officials on the ERISA/self-insured plans regarding reimbursement - especially with regard to telemedicine services. As a result of MSD’s strong advocacy, Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester is cosponsoring HR 6644, the Health Care at Home Act, which would require ERISA plans cover telehealth services during COVID-19. 
DPH Online COVID-19 Testing Calendar

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) has updated their online COVID-19 testing calendar. The online calendar lists dates, locations and convenient locator maps of where each event is being held. Please share this information with your patients. View testing calendar.
You are Invited!
Join Hollywood in Celebrating Our
2020 Medical School Graduates

Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. the American Medical Association (AMA) is hosting a virtual celebration to honor the 30,000 medical students graduating this spring and put a much deserved spotlight on 2020 medical school graduates.

Leading voices in health care, science and pop culture will be stopping by to offer encouragement, advice and inspiration to these future physicians, including:

  • VADM Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH, U.S. Surgeon General
  • Anthony S. Fauci, MD, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, AMA President

The tribute will also feature a variety of special celebrity guests, including:

  • The SCRUBS cast, assembled by creator Bill Lawrence, including cast members Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, Donald Faison, Neil Flynn, John C. McGinley, Judy Reyes 
  • Ellen Pompeo (Grey’s Anatomy)
  • Matt Czuchry (The Resident) 
  • Nicholas Gonzalez (The Good Doctor) 
  • Jane Seymour (Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman) 
  • Matt Walsh (The Hangover, Veep) 
  • Tony Goldwyn (Scandal) 
  • Rob McElhenney (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Apple TV’s Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet) 
  • Kaitlin Olson (The Mick, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) 
  • Craig T. Nelson (Coach, Parenthood) 

Join in the fun cheering on the Medical School Class of 2020! Read more.

For more information and resources regarding COVID-19, MSD has created a coronavirus resource page on our website.  View resource page  
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